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Perfect Attendance

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Davison Avenue Intermediate School and Howard T. Herber Middle School were visited by the Lakeview Chapter of the NAACP President Bea Bayley and Educational Chairperson Karen Aker. The pair presented all students who qualified for perfect attendance throughout the 2016-17 school year with special certificates of acknowledgement. Congratulations to all of those who earned perfect attendance!!

Perfect Attendance

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Congratulations to those who earned perfect attendance at Howard T. Herber Middle School!

College Tour

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Howard T. Herber Middle School’s College and Career Club and Enrichment Club recently visited Adelphi University. Students had an exciting day exploring college life - including a tour of the campus, spending time with a college student and eating lunch at one of the campus cafeterias. HTH students also had the opportunity to learn about Adelphi’s academic programs, clubs, professors and dorm life.

Seniors Assist Students

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As part of a Career Day celebration, ten of Malverne High School’s top twenty students visited with Davison Avenue Intermediate School’s fifth-grade students for a special question and answer session. Fifth-graders asked the seniors to share their experiences regarding moving up to the middle school, what type of classes and clubs there are to pursue at HTH, and what the high school is like. Seniors also shared how they achieved at such high levels, what clubs and sports are available at high school, and what their plans were for the future.

The Malverne Union Free School District budget results are as follows:

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Budget has passed:
YES: 523
NO: 165

Proposition #2 passed:
YES: 543
NO: 146

Proposition #3 passed:
YES: 516
NO: 180

Trustee Elections – 2, uncontested:

The budget and propositions have passed. Thank you!

Little Engineers

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First-grade students from Maurice W. Downing visited the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City for a day of exploration and fun. Exhibits included the Bubble Station, Tool Box, Fix It and much more. The student engineers had a great time and were engaged in science learning and STREAM-centered design for the entire visit.

Top 20 Honored

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At the Board of Education’s May 9 meeting, the valedictorian, salutatorian and the entire top 20 academic leaders from the Class of 2017 were honored by Principal Dr. Vincent Romano, the entire administration team, and Board of Education members with a special plaque and cake celebration.

MHS: Most Challenging High School

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For the fifth consecutive year, Malverne High School has been ranked amongst the Most Challenging High Schools in America by The Washington Post. Malverne is ranked in the top, at No. 60 in New York among the state’s top public schools and No. 33 on Long Island.

The challenge ranks schools through an index formula utilizing the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. In order to be ranked, schools must have a ratio of 1.0. This year, Malverne’s index is 2.25 a notable increase from the district’s 1.26 index in 2013.

“It is an honor to have Malverne mentioned alongside some of the top ranked schools in the nation,” said Principal Dr. Vincent Romano. “Very few on the list are as demographically complex as our school. When comparing the percentage of economically disadvantaged students, Malverne High School had the second highest Challenge Index in that category on Long Island and 11th in New York State. Simply put, Malverne is a shining example of what can be accomplished when the entire school community is committed to each and every student!”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund, echoed the sentiment. “The annual increase of index score for Malverne High School over the last four years demonstrates their total commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations to all.”

The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging public and private schools in the country for 17 years. The list includes more than 2,000 public and private high schools nationwide.

Lili Rodriguez is a fifth-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

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She is an exemplary student who is compassionate and thoughtful. Lili has been chosen as Peacemaker of the Month several times this school year and she puts forth her very best effort in every task or assignment that she is given.

Alumna Takes the Lead

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Jordan Tyson, Malverne Class of 2015, has landed a lead role in an off-broadway show, playing the role Sweetee in the musical Sweetee. She is currently a sophomore at Marymount College in Manhattan. While at Malverne, she played a “spoon” in Beauty and the Beast, “Carla” in In the Heights, “Janet” in Drowsy Chaperone, and “Princess Fiona” in Shrek the Musical. In the attached article, she spoke of her experience in the MHS production of In the Heights with the following quote: “After that experience, I was so in awe of how this one piece of work could bring people together like a family.”

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Career Exploration

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Malverne High School and Howard T. Herber Middle School hosted its annual Career Exploration Day with more than 60 guest speakers who shared their career experiences. Participants highlighted their careers as a registered nurse, physician, dentist, paramedic, accountant, entrepreneur, lawyer, teacher and an engineer. The goal of the day was to impress upon our students the importance of education and how it relates to potential future careers.

Davison Principal

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At its April 20 meeting, the Board of Education appointed current Common Core Chairperson K-6 Rachel Gross to the position of principal of Davison Avenue Intermediate School. Effective July 1, 2017, Ms. Gross will replace Principal Edward Tallon, who is moving to the position of principal of the Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

Ms. Gross has been with the district since September 2007, when she was hired as a special education teacher at Howard T. Herber Middle School. The last two years, she has served in her currently role as Common Core Chairperson K-6, where she worked with teachers and students to develop curriculum and programs aligned with New York State standards.

With her strong background in elementary education, experience in instructional leadership and proven commitment to the students of Malverne, Ms. Gross will continue to improve upon and cultivate new initiatives at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

Ms. Gross received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and art studio from Queens College, two Master’s Degrees from Hofstra University in creative arts therapy and inclusive elementary special education, and her Administrative Certificate from Stony Brook University.

“I am honored by the opportunity and am excited to collaborate with the faculty, staff, students and families of Davison Avenue in this new role,” Ms. Gross said of the promotion.

Family Fun Night

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MWD’s Kindness Counts Committee recently sponsored a Family Fun Night to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of New Hyde Park. More than 100 students and families came to share in the evening which included dinner, pictures with Ronald McDonald, entertainment by Jim the Jester, popcorn, and a dance party for students. While the kids were having their fun, parents relaxed down hall at the “International Café” where they were served coffee and dessert. Families contributed household items to fulfill the Ronald McDonald House Wish List. To date, the MWD community has raised nearly $4,000 for the cause.

Recognizing Excellence

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At the district’s April 18 Board of Education meeting, the Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and the Board recognized each of the schools for their recent achievements. Included in the recognition was both Howard T. Herber Middle School and Davison Avenue receiving the Expanding Opportunities award and Malverne High School for its recent feature in the book “Schools that Succeed.”

Academic Aces

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Malverne High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2017 are two remarkable students who have consistently gone above and beyond in their commitment to academic success and becoming well-rounded leaders. Graduating at the top of the class are Alexis Murry and Alyssa McDaniel, who earned the highest and second-highest grade point averages, respectively, of all their peers through their four years of high school. The district congratulates both students on this honor.

Engineering Activities with FAA

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Four engineers from the FAA visited Howard T. Herber Middle School and engaged students with nine different STEM activities. Following a short presentation  on engineering as a profession, students participated in a number of engineering design challenges including: building a boat out of aluminum foil to hold a maximum load measure in pennies; building a structure out of straws and paperclips  or marshmallows and spaghetti strong enough to hold a golf ball; building an earthquake proof tower out of Mega Blocks; and designing structures for a variety of purposes using Tinker Toys.

College Day

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Malverne High School hosted its annual College Day with more than 35 colleges and universities and several Malverne graduates who came back to participate in an Alumni Panel. During the panel, former students and teachers shared their stories about college life and rigor, as well as advice for the incoming college freshmen. Representatives from several colleges also gave classroom presentations to students, and Adelphi University’s Athletics Department gave a special presentation regarding the recruiting process, NCAA and time management. A representative from Molloy College Financial Aid Department also hosted a presentation to seniors to discuss understanding their Financial Aid Packages from various colleges and the responsibility in taking out student loans. College Day provided students with a wealth of information, and the opportunity to ask questions of on-site college representatives.

Photography Winners

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Congratulations to four Malverne High School photography students who were selected as winners of the Photography Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase Competition. These great photos were judged against several hundred of the best student photographers on Long Island. All entries will now go on to be judged at the PSA national level. Congratulations to (L-R): Angel Infante - 3rd Place scapes category, "Winter Woods”; Tiffany Hernandez- 1st Place photojournalism category, "Shoe Shiner”; Chloe Ruiz – 1st Place monochromatic choice category, "Fungus Dolly”; and Endy Beltran – 3rd Place architecture category, "West 34th Street”


The Board of Education of the Malverne Union Free School District has received a petition to name the Malverne School District Athletic Complex in memory of Mr. Colbert Britt, Jr.  Pursuant to Board of Education Policy #1660 (“Naming/Renaming District Facilities”), the Board of Education of the Malverne Union Free School District will hold a special meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Malverne High School Library on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 for public discussion of the proposal to name the Athletic Complex in Mr. Britt’s memory.  All interested persons are invited to attend.
Pursuant to Board Policy #1660, the Board of Education will vote on the proposal to name the District Athletic Complex at a regularly scheduled Board meeting in accordance with the Board policy, following notice to the public.

Inside Albany

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Malverne High School senior Stephanie Ridley was selected by the League of Women Voters to attend the Students Inside Albany event in May. Recommended by Jason Mach, District 6-12 Chairperson of English, Social Studies and Library Science, Stephanie will now have the opportunity to shadow a legislator, experience how government works, and learn how to get involved in government at any age. The four-day conference in Albany will culminate with a banquet where all selected students will get to talk about their experiences.

Thank You!

Administrators, board members, and students would like to thank the community for voting and supporting the bond.


Thursday, May 25, 2017